Friday, 3 March 2017

Two American tourists accused Immigration officers of extortion at Seme Border


Dr. Randy McKinney and McKinney Lana arrived Nigeria .jpg

Dr. Randy McKinney and McKinney Lana who arrived in Calabar, Cross River State, on two motorcycles after spending more than seven months on the road from Alaska (US) to Nigeria.

McKinney described their experience at the Seme Border as a "horrible nightmare," stressing that the immigration officials at the Nigerian border with Republic of Benin were "thieves."

The duo noted with anger that various immigration officials at the Seme Border had insisted during their approval to receiving bribes to release their passports.

He said that the immigration officials were the image of Nigeria mat to rely on the service to something about the behavior of its officials.

The duo noted with anger that several immigration officials at the Seme Border had in the course of their clearance insisted on receiving bribes before releasing their passports.

He said the immigration officials were tarnishing the image of Nigeria, calling on the service to do something about the conduct of its officials.

He said, “Crossing the Nigerian border from Republic of Benin was one of the most horrendous nightmares we have ever experienced. Officials at the border are thieves. We spent N125,000 to cross into the country despite having all our complete documents. If they take a look at your passport, you must give them money to get it back. I have not seen that kind of thing in my life.

“I think all the thieves congregate in the Nigerian border.  From the closest Togo to Benin border posts, there was no problem. The Nigerian end of the Nigeria/Benin border is full of crooks. Something needs to be done.”

McKinney said they were, however, happy to be in Nigeria despite being warned not to come.

Missouri Man Arrested Over US Jewish Centre Threats

A Las Vegas area JCC is searched for bombs after a suspicious phone call

The 31-year-old Juan Thompson, "allegedly caused havoc, expending hundreds of hours of police and law enforcement resources", said NYPD Commissioner James P O'Neill.

The New York prosecutors said he was "stalking a former romantic interest".

Juan Thompson was allegedly behind eight of some 100 threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCC) this year.

The Missouri man was arrested on Friday in St Louis, Missouri, and will be in court later in the day.
As well as the threats against the JCCs in January and February, he is also accused of emailing a threat in his ex-girlfriend's name to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York City.

The next day the offices of the Jewish anti-bigotry group received a phone call claiming that explosive material had been placed inside the building.

"Today, we have charged Juan Thompson with allegedly stalking a former romantic interest by, among other things, making bomb threats in her name to Jewish Community Centers and to the Anti-Defamation League," New York-based US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

Source: BBC